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Simon Weston is a Falklands war veteran.
Simon Weston was born in the Welsh village of Nelson in Mid Glamorgan in 1961. In 1978 he joined the Welsh Guards and before forming part of the Falklands Task Force saw active service in Berlin, Northern Ireland and Kenya.
In 1982 Simon Weston was aboard the Sir Galahad when it was bombed by Argentine planes. The burns he suffered have required a series of operations which continue to this day. Despite these injuries and the physical and mental suffering which they have caused, Simon’s life is an example of great personal triumph and courage.
He co-founded a charity, The Weston Spirit which is dedicated to helping young people play a more active role in their own communities and he spends a considerable time travelling the country engaged in fund raising projects to support the charity which has now established itself in Liverpool, Cardiff and Newcastle.
Simon’s life is an active one. He has taught himself to fly and has competed successfully on the country’s motor racing circuits turning himself into a highly proficient saloon car racing driver. In a short period he has also become a well known broadcasting celebrity and now hosts his own show on BBC Wales.
His story has been well publicised and he has been the subject of four major BBC Television documentaries: Simon’s War, Simon’s Peace, Simon’s Triumph and Simian’s Return as well as being a victim on This is your Life. His autobiography, Walking Tall, has been a best selling hardback and has also been issued in paperback. His recent book Going Back was also a best seller being in the top ten for eight weeks.
In addition to The Weston Spirit, Simon has many other charity commitments and has worked on behalf of The Royal British Legion and is heavily involved with the PHAB organisation throughout the country and played a leading part in HTV’s Telethon efforts. Simon’s main activity in 1991/1992 was to help The Royal Star & Garter Home ( a home for disabled ex servicemen and women) with their fund raising appeal. He has also recently started an appeal for the Children of Bosnia.
Simon is now married to Lucy whom he first met when she was a volunteer within The Weston Spirit. They have now moved back to Mid Glamorgan from Liverpool and their first child , a son, was born in July 1991.
Simon was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 1992 for his charitable work.
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